IWSG, Final Writing Reports & 2021 Plan

Happy New Year! We’re together again for our first IWSG blog hop of the year. Thanks to bringing us together for another year of ups and downs. Joys and success, doubts and blocks goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

The awesome co-hosts for the January 6 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren , J Lenni Dorner, Gwen Gardner, Sandra Cox, and Louise – Fundy Blue!

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So what’s going on with me this month?

Well, I’m excited because my husband declared I’m getting my own office. I’m finally getting a mom cave/office of my very own. After working from home for months he tired of seeing my office work spread around the living room.

The closest thing I have to an office is my lap desk. Giving me a portable office in any room of my home. But also working from home were my sons. I’d separated them so they could better concentrate on their classes. The older one did his online schooling at his desk in his room. The youngest had all the kitchen table to himself. My husband had the second room/den for R&R purposes after work. Which left me the living room to set up my work space. Which meant I took up his favorite spot on the couch.

So enough was enough. The fourth room that we’ve been using as a guest room will be my new office. Already measured it (9ft 1in x 10ft 7in) and thinking up decor ideas. Don’t know whether to go for an L-shaped desk or a roll top desk. Know for sure I want a blue accent wall where I’ll place the desk and an upholstered office chair on wheels. A daybed or couch. And 25-32in wall mounted TV. Have to figure out whether I want to mount it in the corner by the desk. Or on the wall before the daybed/couch.

Also excited about how I completed my personal NaNoWriMo goals six days ago. Although the last two weeks were a struggle. My word count was still roller coasting. But when I’d finally started making some headway into the falling action part of my urban fantasy WIP I got stuck.

I knew what happened next. What should happen next. I knew what I wanted to write. But the words just wouldn’t flow out my mind, to my fingers and to the keyboard. So I typed a list of the sequence of events that was unfolding in my mind. But refused to type until I reached the point where the words started flowing again.

And before I knew it I finished, yes I finished, my WIP. With a word count of 1,743 words. So ending my personal NaNoWriMo goals with a 21,122 word count. Just short of 8,878 of my word count goals. With only six minutes left until 2020 ended when I wrote “The End.”

Of course I yelled and did a victory dance. So come countdown I had three things to celebrate. Finishing my story, saying bye to 2020 and greeting 2021 by yelling Jumanji!

Now here’s what my third tri-annual writing progress report of 2020 looks like.

Submissions:

  • No new works submitted 

Wattpad:

  • No new stories added on Wattpad

Writing:

  • Added new scenes to romantic short “What Happens in Caribana”
  • Added new scenes and chapters to urban fantasy WIP “Hellsgate”
  • Created new title and expanded urban fantasy WIP into a trilogy
    • The Otherside of Paradise
    • The Otherside of Safe Haven/Sanctuary
    • The Otherside of Home
  • Wrote 21,122 words

2021 Writing plan:

  • Rewrite, revise, edit and polish urban fantasy FKA “Hellsgate
  • Find critique writers/beta readers and send “The Otherside of Paradise”
  • Draft book two of WIP “The Otherside of Safe Haven/Sanctuary”
  • Continue to rewrite, revise and edit romance short “What Happens in Caribana”

As you see I’m making my 2021 writing plan lean this year. And as I’ve mentioned in my Top Ten of 2020 post, instead of hitting the ground running, I’ll be taking a mini break this month. Giving my WIP to marinate before I return to it in February. Also giving me a chance to read the Enola Holmes series my husband got me for Christmas. I started reading the series Sunday. And I’m already on book 4 “The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan,” chapter six.

Until then, Happy New Year! Happy Reading! Happy Writing! And Jumanji!

January 6 question – Being a writer, when you’re reading someone else’s work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people’s books?

What throws me out of the story? When a name changes. It makes me stop reading and go through the chapters or the books so I can confirm the name changed. And making it harder for me to get back into it because now that is on my mind, not the story itself. 

I admit, I’ve done that before. But when I feel there’s something wrong about the name of someone or thing, I go back to my notes. Look through what I’ve already written. Things like that should have been caught before it went to print. Especially if the incorrect name remains until it’s reverted back to the correct name. Much later.

Another thing, a character or plot I find too annoying and or dunderheaded. Coupled that with too many and obvious grammatical errors. If there’s nothing more to stay my interest, all this combined guarantees I DNF.

When you’re reading someone else’s work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people’s books? How was 2020 as a writing year? How’s 2021 treating you so far? What are your 2021 plans? What else should be considered when designing a mom cave and office?

24 comments

    • Thanks Alex. I can’t wait for my new office. Remember writing in a few IWSG posts back how I thought my word count was higher when I was at work compared to working from home. Maybe having my own room to make my publication dreams a reality is just what the doctor ordered.

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  1. Enjoy your own personal office!

    I share mine with my husband, but that works well for me as he’s a much more dedicated worker than me and seeing him doing what he should be sometimes encourages me to stop messing about and get writing.

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    • Thanks Patsy. Already have to set up some ground rules because when my sons heard the news they went nnnoooo and threatened to invade.
      It’s kind of like having a workout buddy. Seeing him at work helps in making you accountable. Nice partnership.

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    • Happy New Year Pat! I’m hoping it’ll make a big difference too. Now, aside from decor I have to keep my sons out. Already threatened to add a keypad doorlock.

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    • Thanks Emaginette. There’s no romance involved, well maybe a hint, but that’s it. If you’re up to reading magic, elves and faeries featuring a not so good heroine, I’ll hold you to it.

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    • I can’t wait to put my own writing oasis together. And I believe it’ll be a game-changer. Have any tips or advice to think about? Like should I go to Ikea for all the furniture? Go for an ergonomic chair (with or without armrests) and or exercise ball?

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  2. Uggh, misnamed characters! I have encountered that once. I had no idea where this other character came from, and it took me a few chapters to realize it was the main character with a different name. Yup.

    Congratulations on all the writing. I hope your new office room helps to keep you on track. Happy decorating and editing.

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    • Thank you. Looking forward to it all.

      I’m the same. It’s one of the things that’ll bring me out of a story. Making it harder to fully achieve the same immersion as before.

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  3. Congrats on getting your own office.
    Like you, I hate inconsistency in a story. Sometimes it is names. Sometimes, it is descriptions. When the author describes a character as having blue eyes, and a few chapters later talks about her hazel eyes, I am irritated.

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    • Thanks Olga. I can’t wait to get started and finish setting it up.

      That’s another peeve of mine too. And after I’ve already built an image of the character in my mind.

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  4. Congratulations on the office. We hope to move later this year and it’s on my wish list–although there is an even chance that I will still find myself in a corner of the spare/guest room!

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    • Thanks Donna. Good luck with your move. A corner space is better than nothing. So far, all I have is a lap desk. Here’s to us both getting our offices.

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